Why Choose CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute?

Access. At CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, you have access to the state’s largest and most diverse network of heart specialists. And we are close to home with services in Little Rock, North Little Rock, Hot Springs, Searcy and Conway and more than 25 community locations.

Latest Treatments and Technology for Heart Disease

We use the latest treatments for all forms of heart disease -- from common problems to rare or life-threatening conditions. Whether you've been referred for diagnostic testing, cardiac treatment or disease management, your best interests are at the heart of every medical recommendation we make and care option we provide.

With access to 10 cath lab procedure rooms, 6 CV operating rooms, 40 dedicated cardiology critical care beds and over 60 telemetry beds the CHI St Vincent Heart Institute has the resources to care for a variety of patients. Our support team includes advanced practice providers, perfusionists, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, physical therapists, social workers, and dietitians. With this breadth of specialties we our patients get comprehensive care tailored their individual health concerns and wellbeing. Our group of more than 50 heart specialits bring the diversity necessary to treat each patient's specific condition.

ACE Accredited Cardiac Cath Labs

The cardiac cath labs at CHI St Vincent Infirmary and CHI St Vincent North are the first 2 ACE accredited cath labs in the state of Arkansas, with the cath lab at the Infirmary also holding chest pain accreditation.  We see a multitude of procedures including

  • Cardiac catheterization (cardiac cath or heart cath) is a procedure to examine how well your heart is working.
  • Stenting - a procedure used to open clogged heart arteries
  • CTO - minimally invasive technique used to treat patients with chronic total occlusion (CTO), or complete blockages, of the coronary arteries.
  • EP studies and ablations - used to treat heart arrhythmia

We bring together the state’s largest group of cardiologists with cardiothoracic surgeons and critical care intensivists to provide comprehensive care to our patients.

Hot Springs Heart Center provides comprehensive services and the latest technology in one convenient location. CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines® Target: Stroke Honor Roll Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes the hospital’s commitment to ensuring stroke patients receive the most appropriate treatment according to nationally recognized, research-based guidelines based on the latest scientific evidence.

CHI St. Vincent Infirmary has been ranked since 2012 by U.S. News & World Report as a top regional hospital by achieving high performing status for heart-related categories. We are one of two Arkansas hospitals, and fewer than 20 in the United States to receive Ace Accreditation for Cardiac Excellence for our cath labs. We do more than 3,000 catheterizations a year. Our Jack Stephens Heart Unit offers exceptional service and amenities.

CHI St. Vincent has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline® Gold Receiving Quality Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures for the treatment of patients who suffer severe heart attacks. The CHI St. Vincent Infirmary in Little Rock earned the award for meeting specific criteria and standards of performance for quick, appropriate treatment through emergency procedures to re-establish blood flow to blocked arteries in heart attack patients coming into the hospital directly or by transfer from another facility.

CHI St. Vincent North hospital’s heart services include a STEMI program that provides life-saving treatment for patients experiencing a heart attack.

CHI St. Vincent Morrilton also has advanced emergency capabilities to diagnosis heart problems.

Our partners also include with Conway Regional Medical Center and Unity Health – White County Medical Center where our cardiologists take care of patients close to home.

It’s All About You

We are leading the way in heart care, shifting the focus from procedure to program, from individual doctor to a team of specialists and primary care, from disease to whole-person wellness. Our team includes CHI St. Vincent Heart Clinic Arkansas (the state's largest cardiology group) as well as heart surgeons in Little Rock and Hot Springs. From aggressive diagnostic routines to the latest surgical procedures to heart health education, we offer comprehensive care close to home.

Learn about our care for heart disease. Hear our patient stories

Routine Check-Ups and Heart Health

From implementing a diet with healthy recipe options to making physical activity a part of your routine, there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make to prioritize heart health at home. Even with a firm commitment to a heart healthy lifestyle, though, routine check-ups with a cardiologist are essential for limiting risks and combating heart disease.

“The first stage is self-recognition that I have a problem, I’m not sure what it is and I need to get it checked out,” said CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs cardiologist Dr. Nazneen Tata. “From there, we decide with the patient when they need to follow up. Generally speaking, you’re looking at somewhere between six months and 12 months for a regular check up and as needed in between.”

Think of the relationship between a cardiologist and patient as similar to the relationship between a professor and college student. Even as the student puts in their own time with studying and homework, the professor always remains to provide guidance and help the student understand the reason behind their work.

“If we can break down why we recommend things to patients and help them understand what is happening to their bodies, I think it’s such an important aspect of the relationship,” said Dr. Tata. “When someone understands what they need to do and why, that’s when we see success.”

With the stress of work, school, family or relationships, sticking to a healthy lifestyle can prove challenging for many people, often resulting in negative consequences for the heart. For many patients, routine check-ups with a cardiologist can provide a wake-up call for the need to prioritize heart health and limit risk factors for heart disease.

“We all make mistakes whether it’s our health choices or how we take care of ourselves but once patients recognize that we’re trying to give them quality of life, I’ve seen people turn around their lives,” Dr. Tata said. “People quit smoking, they start exercising, they see a counselor for stress management and they start educating other family members and loved ones about symptoms.”

Whether it’s anxiety about a potential diagnosis or shame from failure to stick to a healthy lifestyle, fear often prevents patients from receiving the care they need. While it’s no secret that heart disease is frightening, the journey can be much less daunting with a cardiologist by your side.

“One of our biggest messages to everybody out there is don’t be afraid to come in and get help,” said Dr. Tata. “We see a lot of people sit on symptoms and hope for the best because they’re afraid to come into the hospital or clinic. Whether it’s your health or anything else, having that hindsight where you wish you would have come in sooner is one of the worst things.”

As part of the CHI St. Vincent Heart Institute, Dr. Tata and the team of cardiologists and heart surgeons at the CHI St. Vincent Hot Springs Heart Center provide the diversity of expertise necessary to treat each patient’s specific condition. To learn more about the importance of routine check-ups and our wide range of heart services available across the state, visit: chistvincent.com/heart

Accreditations for Excellence in Heart Care

Mission LIfeline Award Mission LIfeline STEMI Award
Gold Plus Get with the Guidelines - Stroke silverstrokequalityaward
Cardiovascular Patient Care